PIER OF THE FUTURE

SCHEVENINGEN

PIER Of THE FUTURE

THE HAQUE

Any good pier is an artificial extension of the land, whereby its visitors are challenged by wind and water, and the sea in turn is challenged by the design and the construction of the Pier itself and –in a sense- by the Pier’s attractions that are unrelated/irrelevant to the sea.

This design for a new pier at Scheveningen, The Hague:

  • puts the pier back in its original place, i.e. as a continuation of the Badhuisweg and in the axis of the Kurhaus.
  • is based on a 2250 metre long pier, with that it will be the longest pier in the world.
  • makes use of ‘classical’ features, such as numerous tall and narrow columns that support the Pier.
  • adds contemporary features, such as generating energy by way of wave motion, wind and an exciting deck-construction.
  • emphasizes architectural and constructive design rather than commerce.

Pier of the Future
Strandweg 1
2586 Den Haag
2007

Client: The Haque City
Program: Leisure functions
Design: Winfried van Zeeland, Robert Chung
Status: Open competition, second prize

Visitors
Visitors call upon the Pier to be or to become part of the panoramic views of the sea and to enjoy the elements. In addition, visitors come to parade, to see and be seen, to enjoy the wind or to seek shelter from it.

Wind and Water
Because of the Pier’s orientation on the prevailing wind, the Pier is highly suitable for generating wind energy, for which purpose wind turbines have been placed between-decks.
Additionally, the great length of the Pier makes it possible to use the kinetic energy of the waves. In order to do so, floating and weighted polystyrene elements (including polyurethane coating) were attached to the bottom sides of all columns. By sliding around the columns vertically, these elements convert the movement of the waves into kinetic energy that is transferred to hydraulic pumps.

Design and construction
Design and construction are inextricably bound up with one another both in the literal and the figurative sense. A pier is not a drilling platform but a slender construction. The front (an enlarged Kurhaus terrace with escalators to take visitors to the Pier) and the back (a ‘walkover’ with a large terrace and restaurant extending beyond the Pier) together turn the Pier into a closed/unified entity.